Skip to comments.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler Breaks 200 Years of Precedent in Move to Impeach Trump
Posted on 09/09/2019 12:30:49 PM PDT by Red Badger
So determined is House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to impeach the president that he is breaking 200 years of precedents to do so.
Two hundred years of precedents declare that the House must first authorize its Judiciary Committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry. Only then can that committee proceed with an investigation to determine if the president has committed crimes worthy of impeachment. If such evidence is uncovered, then the full House must vote to approve one (or more) of the committees articles of impeachment.
If an article is (or articles are) approved, then the Senate may approve but only through a supermajority vote, or 67 senators.
Nadler, apparently, couldn't care less. On Monday he is directing his Democrat-controlled committee to put the final touches on a resolution that would define just how his committee would conduct impeachment hearings, if given the chance. He is pushing to have his resolution voted on by the House on Wednesday.
That committees ranking minority member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) told Fox News on Sunday that this is simply a show, a travesty, and frankly they should be ashamed. This is really pathetic. Nothing like this has ever happened in the House before. If they really want to do this, they have to bring impeachment to the floor. This is simply a show.
More than 100 members of the Democratic House caucus agree with Collins, along with Democrat presidential candidate Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who said: I dont support impeachment. Continuing to pursue impeachment is something that I think will only further tear our country apart. We need to defeat Donald Trump. But I think its important that the voters in this country are the ones who do that.
And the voters, according to recent polls, arent interested in doing any such thing. The latest Monmouth University poll reported that barely a third of Americans polled think Trump should be impeached while 59 percent are opposed to impeachment. This squares with the results of the last three polls conducted by USAToday/Suffolk University. Its latest poll showed 57 percent opposed to 37 percent favoring impeachment.
Ford OConnell, a professor at George Washington University and a Republican presidential strategist, thinks that as long as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in charge, Nadlers efforts are going nowhere. He stated,
Nancy Pelosi is a pretty good student of history and she recognizes what a disaster this would be so close to the 2020 election. She knows better.
That history would include the election results following the impeachment of Bill Clinton by a House Republican majority in 1998. Democrats gained seats in the House that year and another handful in both chambers two years later.
David Weinstein, a former assistant U.S. attorney, said that Nadler has moved off of do we have enough evidence? Whats the standard of proof? Is it a high crime and misdemeanor? and [instead] its become a complete political question. He added: Theres a lot at stake for the Democrats [if] they take a shot and miss.
One of the committees aides responsible for finalizing the draft told the New York Times that, if passed by the House on Wednesday, it will allow the committee to get around normal House rules that presently limit its ability to accuse the president of crimes and would instead allow the committee to speed up its work.
Even if Nadlers gambit fails, six other House committees are currently busy investigating the president for evidence of crimes of potentially profiting from public office, abusing his power, obstructing justice, or being under the influence of foreign governments.
For the American voter, impeachment is a dead issue. For far-left Democrats such as Nadler, efforts to impeach by circumventing 200 years of precedent sound more and more like the dying gasp of a failing effort to remove the president from office.
Have they bothered to identify a crime? Or do they just plan to “investigate stuff”? Or do they merely want to get together, vote “guilty”, and be done with it?
Well then, the progs have certainly picked the right one for the job.
Nads is about the most pathetic excuse I have ever seen.
Or they do not.
Truth of the matter is, impeachment always was a political act.
Nadler figures he can vote articles to the Senate which will likely kill it. But he tried, which will get his whacko donors off of his back.
It says a lot about Nancy Pelosi’s hold on her party, that this latest attempt at impeachment is going this far.
Nancy’s grasp is slipping.
The ONE and ONLY reason that Nadler and democrats want to impeach Trump, is because he won the 2016 presidential election. Their shock at losing was and is too much to bear, so, to wipe away their tears, the NEED to impeach. Impeachment by the house means nothing, since it can’t and wont lead to anything, but, at least they’ll feel better about having put the ‘impeached president’ label on Trump.
Nadler is just one guy. Doesn’t mean Pelosi’s grip is slipping.
The last impeachment attempt was voted down 3 to 1. This is going nowhere.
As Maxine Waters said to a reporter who asked her what ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’ are, she replied “They are ANYTHING WE SAY THEY ARE!”.............
The normal procedure exists to prevent a political hack from abusing the power of that committee. No wonder he is ignoring it.
Doesn’t Naddles have an extreme Leftist challenger next year?
If so, it would justify his destructive intent.
They must really feel the walls of justice closing in on them.
They want to be able to say, ‘so what’ about what our people did- Trump is being impeached!
It’s an attempt to do something just get Trump’s name and impeachment linked it the minds of the voters in 2020............
Pelosi can always remove him from chair if he doesn’t stop this charade..............
The man is pathetic creature who loses at every opportunity, and then some. Te country is in great hands with this vindictive moron who can’t be shamed to give it up. Just when you think the democrats can’t go lower they dig and extra ten feet. Rest assure its their own grave.
It’s not just about that.
I certainly have never ever thought it was merely an affront to their egos.
The Fabians have a plan. An intricate long term plan that has been meticulously guided down an almost century long launching pad.
And if it isn’t synchronized on every continent it will crash and burn instead of taking off.
If North America aborts the plan Europe will break apart and their hold on Africa will slip away.
And all their machinations will be laid bare.
In this rare case Waters is right. The House can define as impeachable anything they wish.
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